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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

If it takes a village to raise a child, then...

"If it takes a village to raise a child, then..."

August 30, 2012 | 06:40 AM

For the past two weeks things have been a little crazy around here. All three of my kids have been sick. Really sick. I've cleaned up more vomit and changed more disgusting diapers these past two weeks than I can count. In fact I even created a Word Document keeping track of which kids threw up and had diarrhea each night to tell the pediatrician.

There is no way we could have made it through these last two weeks without the help of others.

To all the people that have helped us in one way or another, thank you.

Thanks to my daughter's first grade teacher for checking up on her, offering to bring by homework, even emailing on a Saturday to see how she was doing.

Thanks to the 22 first graders that made Get Well Soon cards for my daughter.

Thanks to my son's co-op preschool teacher for calling to check on him, several times. Thanks to the other co-op parents for rearranging their schedules so I could miss my scheduled day to stay home with him.

Thanks to my neighbors for offering to bring us dinner. Thanks to our other neighbors for offering their washing machine after ours broke right in the middle of all this.

Thanks to my friends for offering to take some of our kids off our hands and while my daughter was in the hospital.

Thanks to our pediatrician for getting us in on short notice, twice in one week.

Thanks to my wife's coworkers for trading shifts, picking up extra surgeries, rounding on her patients, covering her pager, etc, etc.

Thanks to the nurses for helping my wife when the mystery illness finally go to her while she was at work.

Thanks to friends for bringing us dinner.

Thanks to friends for dropping off a case of Gatorade on our front porch.

Thanks to friends for bring me BRAT diet supplies and lunch for me (including a beer).

Thanks to our pediatrician friends that have fielded countless phone calls and replied to dozens of texts about the health of our kids.

Thanks to great grandparents for the nice emails and prayer requests.

Thanks to my mother in law for taking a day off work to stay with our two youngest while my wife and I were with our oldest daughter in the hospital.

Thanks to my mom for coming over and spending her weekend helping us with the kids so we could finally get a little bit of sleep.

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a multi state, cross country effort to help out a family that's in need.

Thank you!



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